'Robert Lewandowski to sign for Bayern Munich next summer' - Jurgen Klopp
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has admitted Robert Lewandowski wants to join German treble winners Bayern Munich next summer, quashing all rumours of a move to the Premier League.
Manchester City and Chelsea were the latest clubs to join Manchester United in the race to sign the Polish striker but Lewandowski is said to have turned down all big-money contracts.
Klopp told Welt am Sonntag: “I think it is a known fact that Robert is going to play for Bayern after the upcoming season,’ he told Welt am Sonntag. Now the only question is how to shape the time until then.
“That is our concern and it is our commitment to our fans and members to ensure that we will have a more competitive team in the upcoming season.
“Up to a certain point we were with Robert’s desire for change and were ready to talk. But nothing happened so we had to eventually say: ‘[A sale] now no longer works for us.
“And now we want to prove that, with a quality player like Robert, we can be successful in the coming year. Our results in the coming season are what we’re all about. I know that Robert and I see it the same way.”
Having sold Mario Gotze to their German rivals, Dortmund had earlier confirmed Lewandowski won’t be sold to Bayern Munich this summer. The prolific striker helped his side to reach the Champions League finals and he is expected to stay at Dortmund at an expected pay-rise.
The 24-year-old will be leaving when his contract expires in 2014.